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Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested, Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets

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It’s probably a bad idea to leak the trade secrets of one of the most powerful companies in the world. Former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo is finding that out the hard way.

Kibkalo was booked on federal charges Wednesday and is accused of stealing and releasing a number of Microsoft trade secrets while working for the company. He allegedly leaked the secrets to a French blogger after receiving poor performance reviews from the company.

Kibkalo is accused of leaking Windows 8 code and Microsoft’s Activation Server Software Development Kit. The server software development kit is a key Microsoft tool used to combat software piracy.

Kibkalo was caught after the blogger went to Microsoft to confirm the authenticity of the leaked information. Microsoft prodded into Kibkalo’s email and chat history and found a number of incriminating messages.

“I would leak the enterprise today probably," Kibkalo told the blogger in one message.

“Hmm,” the blogger answered. “Are you sure you want to do that? Lol…pretty illegal.”

“I know :),” Kibkalo answered.

Kibkalo allegedly admitted to leaking Windows 7 documents as well. One of his messages also revealed that he tried to break into a Microsoft building and copy a server.

Investigators found they had more than enough evidence to charge Kibkalo, and they did exactly that on Wednesday. He was arrested and charged with theft of trade secrets. 

Sources: engadget, Seattle PI

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